Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center
Rudbeckia is a priority for germplasm acquisition and conservation
Research on Rudbeckia seeds is ongoing
Rudbeckia flowers have been deservedly popular for many years.
Celebrating the wonderful world of Rudbeckia during 2015!
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The Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center (OPGC) is part of the National Plant Germplasm System, a network of organizations and people dedicated to preserving the genetic diversity of crop plants.

The OPGC is a joint effort of the USDA-ARS and The Ohio State University's Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.  Financial support is provided through the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative of the ARS.

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Sibelle Santanna is a PhD student from the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil.  She studies seed physiology at the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz in Piracicaba. Sibelle will spend 9 months at he OPGC assessing seed quality in different species of Phlox.  The research will...
baptisia
Baptisia is one of the genera maintained at the OPGC.  This native North American genus consists of approximately 30 species distribued mainly in the Eastern and Southeaster USA.  The collection had originally been developed at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames...
Juliana Espindola
Juliana Espindola from the Universidade Federal de Lavras in Brazil has joined the OPGC as a visiting scholar for 9 months to study seed development in Phlox.  Juliana is a PhD candidate in Brazil and is pursuing studies on seed quality and germination.  Her work at the OPGC will focus on...
American Painted Lady reared at the OPGC
Controlled pollination of our acessions is critical for the production of seeds consistent with the genetic charateristics of the original population.  Bumblebees are our principal pollinators, but unfortunately they do not typically pollinate flowers of Phlox, one of our priority genera....